Entries by Steven Ross

NYTW’s Mary Jane: When Alex Was Born…

Liza Colón-Zayas, Carrie Coon. Photo by Joan Marcus. NYTW’s Mary Jane: When Alex Was Born… By Ross for frontmezzjunkies When Alex was born to the titled character in Amy Herzog’s new play, Mary Jane currently playing at the New York Theatre Workshop, her life changed direction.  “On hold for a minute”, is what Mary Jane, exquisitely portrayed by Carrie Coon […]

MCC’s Charm School gets a B-

Charm. Lauren F. Walker, Sandra Caldwell. Photo by Joan Marcus. Charm: Sentimental Etiquette Schooling for the Homeless LGBTQ Leaves Us Homeless As Well. By Ross for frontmezzjunkies Based on an actual transgender woman, Miss Gloria Allen who volunteered her time at a Chicago LGBTQ community center on Halsted teaching etiquette to a mostly homeless LGBT […]

Tiny Beautiful Things: A Second Round of Big Powerful Waves

 Hubert Point-Du Jour, Nia Vardalos. All Photos by Joan Marcus. Tiny Beautiful Things: A Second Round of Big Powerful Waves by Ross for frontmezzjunkies.com Returning to the Public Theater the other night for a second viewing of Tiny Beautiful Things, I started to prepare myself for a whole new round of emotional waves to come crashing […]

A Clockwork Orange: Inciting Sexual Excitiment, But Luckily, No Violence.

Jonno Davies (center) and cast of A Clockwork Orange. Photo by Caitlin McNaney. A Clockwork Orange: Inciting Sexual Excitiment, But Luckily, No Violence. by Ross for frontmezzjunkies.com The film, A Clockwork Orange, that this play is based on is considered a classic by most, and can be found on numerous ‘best films of all time’ lists.  It’s […]

15+ Shows You Should Already Have Tickets For, Fall 2017

The Sponge Bob Musical – Original Chicago Cast 15+ Shows You Should Already Have Tickets For, Fall 2017 By Ross for frontmezzjunkies.com Last year, I wrote a blog about the 15 Shows that I was most excited for in the upcoming fall segment of the theatrical season, and it was such a hit with you readers that I […]

Inanimate: A Sign of True Love

Inanimate: A Sign of True Love By Ross for frontmezzjunkies.com So often we speak of Love as a sign. A sign for something important, a warning, or maybe even an invitation. But what if the sign is exactly that, a sign on a tall metal pole making your heart ache? A hotel sign or maybe […]

Prince of Broadway: A Nuance-free JukeBox Musical of Big Prince Hits

Prince of Broadway: A Nuance-free JukeBox Musical of Big Prince Hits By Ross So here’s the thing that I’ve been pondering as I wandered into the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. What does a show look like when it’s a retrospective of a famed musical director and his work on Broadway compared to […]